posted on Dec, 22 2005 @ 01:58 AM
The Benzene toxic spill from the Chinese chemical plant will reach the Russian city of Khabarovsk, home to 600.000 people, Thursday morning. Russian
officials have taken measures, such as limiting the amount of river water used, and building a damn in one of the branches of the Amur river.
The construction of a dam in the Kazakevicha, a branch of the Amur, was completed at 6 a.m. Moscow time (3 a.m. GMT) Wednesday.
"One water intake facility on the branch of the Amur was switched off temporarily pending results of tests of the river water and in case of dam
failure," the ministry said.
"Measures to prepare for the limited use of river water have been completed in the Jewish Autonomy and the Khabarovsk Region, and the content of the
Amur water has been tested for quality on a continual basis," the ministry added.
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I hope that the preparations made by the Russian officials are sufficient. People living in those areas that will be affected should have made their
own preparations and stored potable water for at least a couple of weeks.